The European University of the Atlantic held the solemn opening ceremony of the 2021-2022 academic year, which coincided with the awarding of diplomas to the best academic records of the fourth graduating class of students.
The ceremony took place in the Assembly Hall of the university campus with the presence and participation of the President of the Government of Cantabria, Miguel Ángel Revilla; the president of the Iberoamerican University Foundation, Santos Gracia; doctor and researcher Maurizio Battino, and many other authorities in the region.
As usual, the event began with a performance by the Lyrical Choir of Cantabria of the pieces “Kyrie” by Franz Schubert and “Veni Creator Spiritus” by C. Franck.
Roberto Ruiz, Secretary General of UNEATLANTICO, was in charge of opening the event by reading the report and the most important milestones of the past academic year, such as the creation of the Eduardo García de Enterría Institute of European Studies, the Doctoral School, and the Postgraduate Center at the University.
The event was also attended by the president of the autonomous community, Miguel Angel Revilla, who highlighted UNEATLANTICO’s trajectory and the development of the life and economy and social life of Cantabria thanks to it. «The University has made us international», he stated.
For his part, the President of FUNIBER, Santos Gracia, proceeded to the laudatio of the doctor and researcher Maurizio Battino, who was awarded the honorary medal as the highest institutional distinction by virtue of his scientific-technical merits.
Dr. Gracia in his speech referred to the professional, scientific, and academic career of Battino, who is also the Scientific Director of UNEATLANTICO and FUNIBER.
After the medal presentation by UNEATLANTICO’s rector, Maurizio Battino gave an inaugural lecture entitled “Healthy diets: the role of natural bioactive compounds in our quality of life”.
In his speech, the rector of the academic institution, Rubén Calderón, referred to aspects such as “the importance of strengthening programs and exchanges, international relations, and the role of Spain in Ibero-America”. In addition, he did not hesitate to recall that employability and internationalization are two of the pillars of the University.
As mentioned at the beginning, this opening ceremony coincided with the presentation of diplomas accrediting the students who obtained the best academic records, who were presented by the academic directors of each of the degrees.
The ceremony ended with the interpretation of the university hymn “Gaudeamus Igitur” and “Canticorum Iubilo” by the Lyrical Choir of Cantabria.
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